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IMC TO PERFORM TWO NEW SHOWS AT NEWPORT CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH IN OCTOBER

Island Moving Company (IMC), Newport’s Contemporary Ballet announces performance dates for two new productions at the newly restored Newport Congregational Church. An evening repertory show titled “The Nature of Light” and children’s matinee shows of “Alice In Wonderland” will be performed between October 17 – 20.

The Nature of Light will feature new work by Island Moving Company’s Artistic Director, Miki Ohlsen, and choreography by the iconic José Limon, Colin Connor and IMC’s Associate Artistic Director, Danielle Genest. The show’s title is inspired by the reflective light-play from the historic church venue’s notable La Farge stained glass windows. The entire show will be approximately 90 minutes in length and performed to live music by an ensemble of musicians from across Southern New England under the direction of Adrienne Taylor.

Performance dates for The Nature of Light are Thursday, October 17, Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19. The Thursday and Friday night shows will provide a cash bar and tickets range between $49 – $69. The Saturday show will include an open bar and catered intermission by Russell Morin Catering & Events. Tickets for Saturday range between $79 – $99.

The classic story of Alice In Wonderland will get a fresh Island Moving Company spin on Rhode Island Ballet Theater’s Artistic Director Nancy McAuliffe’s original version. With a classical music score by Dimitri Shastokovich and new, exciting choreography by Nancy McAuliffe, Miki Ohlsen and Danielle Genest, guests of all ages will follow the white rabbit as he takes Alice and the audience down the rabbit hole to Wonderland, where they will meet the Red Queen, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and all the magical residents of Wonderland.

Performance dates and times for Alice in Wonderland are October 17 &18 at 4:30pm, October 19 at 3:00pm and October 20 at 1:00pm & 3:00pm. The performances are intended for children 3 and up and run one hour with no intermission. All tickets are $30.

Thanks to generous support from The Bazarsky Family Foundation, IMC will provide free admission to select performances of Alice in Wonderland to groups of kids from Newport’s Pell Elementary School, The Boys and Girls Club of Newport, Boys Town, and The Martin Luther King Jr. Center. Sponsorships are available for both of both The Nature of Light and Alice In Wonderland, and commissions are welcome for The Nature of Light. Tickets to both shows can be purchased online at islandmovingco.org or over the phone at (401) 847-4470.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen for 36 years, Island Moving Company has produced and presented dances by a diverse group of choreographers, working with musicians, poets, and visual artists. IMC is known for its creative use of unusual venues, creating site specific work at Rosecliff Mansion, Belcourt Castle, the Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry, the Great Friends Meeting Hall, Fort Adams, and other notable sites across Newport County.


IMC presents Alice In Wonderland!

A BRAND NEW PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES!

Follow the White Rabbit as he takes Alice and the audience down the rabbit hole to Wonderland, where the audience from ages 6 to 99 will meet the Red Queen, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and all the magical residents of Wonderland.

With a classical music score by Dimitri Shastokovich, libretto by Nancy McAuliffe, and new and exciting choreography by Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, we look forward to unveiling this exciting new production at the newly restored Newport Congregational Church.

October 17 &18 at 4:30pm
October 19 at 3:00pm
October 20 at 1:00pm & 3:00pm

Newport Congregational Church
73 Pelham Street
Newport, RI 02840

For Tickets, click here!

Nuit Blanche: Au Cinema – July 5, 2019

The annual Nuit Blanche summer gala for Island Moving Company will benefit the nonprofit organization’s professional dance company, pre-professional after-school dance training program, and in-school educational programs. Approximately 400 guests will enjoy this year’s “Nuit Blanche: Au Cinema” at Ronald Lee Fleming’s New York Times featured Bellevue House on July 5th.

Barbara Caldwell and Ellen Barnes are co-chairing the event to celebrate IMC’s 37th season under the direction of Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen. IMC dancers will perform throughout the gardens along with other artists for the first 90 minutes. Guests will then enter the beautifully appointed tent, enjoy open bar, savories by Russell Morin Catering & Events and dance the night away to tunes by the Original Moonlighters.

Gala tickets are available by clicking here!

CONVERGENCE AT THE GAMM THEATRE

GAMM THEATRE TO HOST NEWPORT CONTEMPORARY BALLET COMPANY

(Newport, RI) –   Island Moving Company announces Convergence,  an evening of contemporary ballet featuring the restaging of Modern Dance legend Jose Limón’s 1958 masterpiece Mazurkas and the world premiere of commissioned works by Tina Kay Bohnstedt and Danielle Genest. Performances are scheduled for May 10 and 11 at 7:30pm at the newly renovated Gamm Theatre in Warwick, RI.  Curated by Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen, Convergence  is designed to showcase the company’s 12 nationally and internationally recruited dancers in an intimate 300 seat setting.

In a 2013 review describing Jose Limón’s Mazurkas, New York Times critic Gia Kourlas noted, “Its technical and unpretentious full-bodied movement is the draw.” Set to music by Chopin, Mazurkas was created to honor the spirit of the people of Poland after a visit the choreographer made to the country in 1957. The piece has been re-staged for local audiences by dance pioneer Sarah Stackhouse who came of age as a dancer in New York City during the 1960s. In 1958, she joined the José Limón Company, working also as Limón’s assistant at the Juilliard School. The choreographers and dancers with whom she worked and studied during this time include—in addition to Limón—Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Merce Cunningham, and the ballet great, Anthony Tudor. Limón’s Mazurkas is presented by IMC with support from the Kiven Family Foundation.

Convergence will include the premiere of guest choreographer Tina Kay Bohnstedt’s Voices Around the Table set to music by Rachmaninoff. Bohnstedt began her dance training at the Heinz-Bosl Stiftung Ballet Academy in Munich, Germany, and became a Principal Ballerina at the Bavarian State Ballet, Germany, and Diablo Ballet, California. Bohnstedt toured internationally to China, Italy, Korea, the Philippines, Poland, Belarus, Spain and Switzerland. She served as a Ballet Mistress with Houston Ballet, and currently trains aspiring dancers in Houston, TX.

The evening will also feature Evoked, a solo choreographed by IMC Associate Artistic Director Danielle Genest and premiered by IMC dancer Rhea Keller. Previously, Genest’s choreography has been commissioned by New York Theatre Ballet, Tallahassee Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, Island Moving Company, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, Salve Regina University, and Texas A&M University. Keller’s dance credits include the Rochester City Ballet, Bellydance Evolution, Central Illinois Ballet.

Providence cellist Adrienne Taylor will perform live from the stage in accompaniment to Genest’s Night Vision, which was debuted at Newport’s Rosecliff Mansion in March 2019. In addition to IMC, Taylor’s collaborative credits include engagements with Kronos Quartet, the Sphinx Virtuosi and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. The evening’s live music is made possible with support from Dominique Alfandre & Thomas Palmer.

The program is completed with two additional pieces from the company’s repertory: La Tierra Giro commissioned by Joya Hoyt in 2015, and Kindred/two hearts 1952-1985 which debuted in 2018. Both are choreographed by IMC Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen.

Opportunities to underwrite the evening’s new works are available, and tickets are available at $49 or $69 online at www.IslandMovingCo.org or over the phone at (401)847-4470.

Performance Dates and Times

Friday May 10, 7:30pm

Saturday May 11, 7:30pm

All You Need Is Love – FRIENDRAISER

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!

Please join Island Moving Company for a friendraiser with dinner parties hosted by IMC’s closest friends followed by a Woodstock inspired dance party.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH
DINNERS AND DANCE PARTY

PRIVATELY HOSTED DINNERS 6 – 8pm
DANCE PARTY WITH OPEN BAR @ The Deck 1 Waites Wharf 8:30 – 11:30pm

Individual dinner parties will be hosted by friends of IMC throughout Newport, and then everyone will congregate @ The Deck for a dance party and desserts celebrating Newport’s Daffodil Days, the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, and Island Moving Company’s year round programs and performances.

Dinner + Dance Party: $150
Dance Party Only: $85
Live music & Woodstock dress encouraged.

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Convergence at the Gamm Theatre – Tickets on sale now!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR IMC’s CONVERGENCE

Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11

7:30pm each night

at The Gamm Theatre

Island Moving Company, Newport’s professional, contemporary ballet company, presents Convergence at the Gamm Theatre, a mixed repertory show featuring Jose Limon’s “Mazurkas” and a world premiere by choreographer Tina Bohnstedt, along with Miki Ohlsen’s 2018 breathtaking piece “Kindred: two hearts” and three other well known IMC favorites.

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IMC’s Jr. Co. presents “Carnival of the Animals”

The Junior Company of Newport’s Island Moving Co. will present the charming work, “Carnival of the Animals,” at the Island Moving Co. studio on Sunday, February 17th at 2:30 and 3:30pm. 

The “Carnival of the Animals” is Directed by Brooke DiFrancesco and choreographed by Christine Sandorfi. A Lion, two Hens, a Donkey, a Tortoise and other assorted creatures dance to music by Camille Saint-Saens in a production that lasts roughly one half hour. The Winter Festival presentation will be suitable for children of all ages and will include an opportunity to join the dancers in some dancing after the performance.

2:30pm Tickets
3:30pm Tickets

Tickets are $6 for one adult plus one child; $4 for additional adult and $3 for each additional child; with $1 off for each bracelet presented.

Ten Things you Probably Didn’t Know About the Newport Nutcracker

Island Moving Company’s: The Nutcracker
Ten Things you Probably Didn’t Know

By Cecilia Lacouture

The Nutcracker show is traditionally put on by the Island Moving Company every year, and it is thought to be just as enchanting as The Boston Ballet Nutcracker. The show encompasses beautiful dancing and costuming. Dancers rehearse for the show starting in September, and are hard at work leaning their parts. Working behind the scenes, there are many people who help to work on different aspects of the show. From costume design, to parents helping with sets, the company is always busy working toward these performances. There are around one hundred kids that are involved with the Nutcracker, as well as older kids as well.  Eileen Stoops has spent fourteen to fifteen years working to prepare the costuming for the Island Moving Companys’ dancers. In her opinion there is always changes going on with costuming and sets. Yet, despite the changes that occur; the show always comes out beautifully.  The location of the show creates a unique type of setting. In the Rosecliff mansion on Bellevue
Avenue it creates a regal type of staging for the dancers’ christmastime show.

Ten things you probably didn’t know about the nutcracker:

Fun Facts

  1. The character who is traditionally named Clara in the Nutcracker story is named Tess in
    IMC’s production- after Theresa Oelrichs, who had the home constructed in 1899.
  2. The architect Stanford White designed Rosecliff based on the Grand Trianon of Versailles.
  3. The Island Moving company incorporates the history of Rosecliff into its own production.
  4. Marius Petipa and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky later collaborated to create the ballet from
    Dumas’ version (which was translated from the original into french) – and premiered it in St.
    Petersburg, Russia in 1892.
  5. There are 95 costumes featured on stage
  6. 13 company dancers and 90 kids dance in the show
  7. The first act of the performance is a journey where guests are guided from room to room of the
    mansion, in the second act guests are seated at tables in the ballroom.
  8. Tara’s costume is made out of a fabric called silessence, which is made mostly out of polyester.
  9. Some of the costumes that are used now, have been used in almost all of the past performances
  10. Eileen Stoops has been making the costumes for The Island Moving Company for 14 to
    15 years.

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Island Moving Co. to feature international choreographers

By The Newport Daily News staff
Posted Oct 17, 2018 at 6:21 PM

http://www.newportri.com/news/20181017/island-moving-co-to-feature-international-choreographers


NEWPORT — An upcoming series of contemporary ballet performances by the Island Moving Co. will feature choreographers from Italy, Puerto Rico and Newport.

The show — titled “Far to Near: Choreography. Closer.” — is designed to showcase the company’s 13 nationally and internationally recruited dancers in three new works commissioned by the troupe as well as three pieces already in the troupe’s repertory.

It will be performed Oct. 26-27 in the intimate 200-seat setting of the Casino Theatre, 10 Freebody St.

Simona De Tullio, the director of the Breathing Art Company based in Bari, Italy, will debut two pieces with scores by Puccini and Ivan Iusco with Hugues Lebars, respectively. De Tullio has directed the international San Nicola Dance Prize since 2010, and is influenced in part by her collaborations with American contemporary ballet legend Alonzo King.

Island Moving Co. Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen will debut a piece to join the more than 30 works she has contributed to the company’s repertory. Ohlsen’s premiere will feature veteran IMC dancer Katie Moorehead and relative newcomer Gregory Tyndall in an intimate duet.

“Far to Near: Choreography. Closer.” also will feature “Here’s to Life” by Puerto Rico native Rodney Rivera. The piece was commissioned by Island Moving Co. in the spring of this year in tribute to the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s devastation in the fall of 2017. It features a score by Michael Nyman and Johnny Mandel.

The program also will feature three pieces being restaged from the company’s existing repertory: “Transport” by IMC Associate Artistic Director Danielle Genest, “Queens are Made of Distance and Greasepaint” by IMC dancer Shane Farrell, and “Continua Metamorfosi” by Ohlsen, originally commissioned by Topsy Taylor.

Performances are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at IslandMovingCo.org or by calling 847-4470.